RENO, Nev. - Nevada has hired Scottie Hazelton as their defensive coordinator. The hire was first reported by Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, then confirmed by FootballScoop.com.
Hazelton spent last season as the linebackers coach at USC. Before that, he coached for five years at North Dakota State, leading the Bison to the 2011 FCS National Championship.
He was the Bison defensive coordinator, helping their defense rank in the top 20 in six different categories: first in scoring defense (after it was 90th in 2009, the year before he took over as defensive coordinator), eighth in turnover margin, 16th in pass efficiency defense, 17th in rushing defense, 19th in sacks and 20th in total defense.
Hazelton began his coaching career at his alma mater, Fort Lewis College, coaching the secondary for 4 years (1996-99) and serving as interim defensive coordinator in 1998. He's also been an assistant at St. Olaf, Missouri Southern State and Michigan Tech.
He replaces Mike Bradeson as Nevada's defensive coordinator. Bradeson is expected to remain on the Wolf Pack staff.